Breakdown Of Move & Predicting Next Cubs Offseason Moves
2021.01.24 00:34 VforVendetta90 Breakdown Of Move & Predicting Next Cubs Offseason Moves
So its very clear that the Cubs are not making moves to stay competitive in 2021, seems like its the same old story of a move towards a full on rebuild. My best guess is that they are trying to dump as many big contracts as possible & going tank the next few seasons (at least 2 or 3 seasons) to build up good draft picks to restock their weak farm system (ranked 23rd in 2020). They are slightly and I mean slightly trying to keep the fans entertained by making room for some of their liked younger players/prospects. So do not expect any big contract signing for the next 4 to 5 seasons until they see if their rebuild works & its worth it to the Ricketts to invest in the team or not.
Who have the Cubs already said goodbye to?
So far the Cubs let starting pitchers Jon Lester (now with the Nationals) , Tyler Chatwood (now with the Blue Jays) & Jose Quintana (now with the Angels) walk. They also let relievers Ryan Tepara, Jeremy Jeffrees & Pedro Strop walk. As far as hitters they let Kyle Schwarber (now with the Nationals), Albert Almora & Jason Kipnis walk. Then they also traded Yu Darvish & Victor Caratini to the Padres for Zach Davies & a few prospects (all under 20, non top ranked).
What have the Cubs acquired?
Which other players will the Cubs trade before the season or by the trade deadline?
- Well they did get Starting Pitcher Zach Davies (owe him $7 million versus Darvish is $62 million) in the trade who will be 28 and is a decent addition to the rotation, also a potential affordable resigning candidate.
- They signed Catcher Austin Romine to a 1 yea$1.5 million deal, he is 32 years old a mediocre back up catcher better defensively then offensively, also a potential affordable resigning candidate.
- They signed Relief Pitcher Jonathan Holder to a 1 yea$750,000, he is 27 he is an interesting signing your typical buy low gain big type of player, also a potential affordable resigning candidate.
- They signed Starting Pitcher Shelby Miller to a minor league deal of 1 yea$850,000, with $600,000 in performance bonuses. He is 30 years old, he is your classic hope he either bounces back or eats up innings (cheaper version of Edwin Jackson) most likely gets a roster spot as 5th starter or reliever. Sadly he has not pitched well since 2015 at all but if he does manage to pitch decent he could be a long shot potential affordable resigning.
- They signed Third Baseman Matt Duffy to a minor league deal where he could make $1 million if he makes the major league roster, along with $600,000 in incentives. He is 30, he is a cheap signing to add infield depth (basically a cheaper version of Daniel Descalso & Jason Kipnis, but younger). He is definitely a top candidate to be an affordable resigning candidate.
- They claimed Phillip Ervin from the Mariners waivers, he is 28 years old and is your classic outfield depth move. He is definitely a top candidate to be an affordable resigning candidate.
Which players will players wanna try to trade but be unable too?
- Catcher Wilson Contreras is definitely being shopped around, hate to say it but its true. Offensively he is solid having a career batting average of .265 & OPS of .815, while defensively he is solid at framing & one of the strongest throwing arms (he can pick them off like flies). He is under control till 2022 & only owed $6.5 million this season. That means you get him below market value for 2 seasons before having to dish out the big bucks, so the Cubs will sell him high for a pair of top ranked near MLB ready prospects (definitely upper top 100, 1 to 2 years away from MLB debut). My best guess is he will be traded before the season starts and will most likely be heading to the Angels or Nationals (if they dont sign J.T. Realmuto).
- Infielder Javier Baez is another to be definitely shopped around, which is a huge sting to the fan base. Offensively he has great power & contact holding a career batting average of .264 & OPS of .777. Defensively he is the best in the game, and still very young compared to the others of his caliber. He is only under control for 2021 but is only owed $11.65 million, which is still a good price for a player like him. He is definitely going to go to a team that will need his power & defensive to make a push to win it all, he will then hit the free agency & get a big payout that the Cubs definitely will not wanna pay. The Cubs will want him to put up the offensive numbers of 2019 so his value grows & they can get a few prospects (at least 1 top ranked one within a few years of MLB debut). My best guess is he will be traded just before the trade deadline, and will most likely be heading to the Phillies or Dodgers.
- Third Baseman Kris Bryant is going to be traded this year, he is a former MVP & proven winner. Offensively he has a career batting average of .280 & OPS of .889, while defensively he is solid & experienced. He is still fairly young, yes he has injury issues but he has always bounced back. He is under control for 2021 and is owed $19.5 million which is a bit heavy but not extremely crazy. He is going to be sent to a team who needs a DH or a team who desperately need a third baseman or left fielder who can produce on offense & play defensively well. He is definitely a 1 year loaner to a team who will use his leadership & experience to push the team to a big title run. The Cubs will want to trade him as soon as possible, its too risky to wait to trade him & risk him either getting injured or having another bad offensive start. My best guess is he will be traded just before the season starts and will most likely be heading to the Mets or Braves.
- Outfielder Ian Happ is the last player I believe will be traded by the Cubs. He has showed lots of promise for a young player. Offensively he has a career batting average of .248 & OPS of .825, while defensively he continues to improve especially in center field. He is under control until 2023 & only owed $3.5 million in 2021. That means you have 3 years of way below market value for a rising young outfielder, and even after that I do not believe he will be a big contract guy he will still an affordable player to resign or extend making him very intriguing. At the moment the Cubs will not get a whole lot in return but I can see perhaps 2 prospects (middle ranked in the teams top 30) who are younger, but if he has a solid season & stays healthy he can bring his value up & perhaps get better prospects for him. My best guess is he will be traded just before the trade deadline, and will most likely be heading to the Yankees, Red Sox or Giants.
Which other players will the Cubs sign for this offseason to fill out the roster?
- Outfielder Jason Heyward is under contract til 2023 & still owed $69.5 million & is 31 years old. Yes he is a gold glove winner & one of the best outfielders in the game, but I do not see any team wanting to pick up that contract this season. I believe if he improve his offense a little more & stay healthy that the Cubs could be able to trade him next year where he will only be owed $45 million over 2 seasons, a much more affordable contract to pick up.
- CloseReliver Craig Kimbrel who is under contract til 2022 & still owed $32 million & is 32 years old. I am sorry but there is no way they will be able to trade him before the season after his meltdown over the past two seasons. It would take a miracle to trade him during the season, even if he keeps a 0.00 ERA & saves 25 games by the trade deadline most likely no one will want to take the risk. I dont even see him being traded next season, it went wrong & the Cubs will be stuck with him which is sad because I doubt he will ever produce like he once did, at best he will be a mediocre set up man/closer.
What areas are set for the Cubs/ wont sign anyone for?
- Well if I am correct with my predictions (trading Javier Baez & Kris Bryant) the Cubs will need to sign 1 infielder for depth & help platoon. The way I see it Anthony Rizzo (finish his career a Cub) is a lock at first base, David Bote (under control cheap til 2026) will get the start at second base this year, Nico Hoerner (under control til 2025) will take over & is the future at shortstop, & Matt Duffy will get the start at third base. So my best guess is the Cubs will want to sign a player to a cheap 1 year deal for no more then $2 million, who can produce some offensive help & defensive help. My best guess is the Cubs will sign Jonathan Villar who is 30, he has a career batting average of .259 & OPS of .727, as far as defensive he is reliable & experienced. He would most likely cost around from $1 million to $2 million & be a top candidate to be an affordable resigning candidate.
- Well if I am correct with my predictions (trading Wilson Contreras) the Cubs will need to sign 1 catcher. There will be no starting catcher it'll be 50/50 for two catchers who have been primarily backups, given a chance to step up and show what they got. My best guess is the Cubs will sign Tony Wolters who is 29, he has a career batting average of .238 & OPS of .642, defensively he is about average in the league. He is definitely a very cheap sign, most likely will cost under $1 million and is a top candidate to be an affordable resigning candidate.
- Well if I am correct with my predictions (trading Ian Happ) the Cubs will have to sign 2 outfielders. The way I see it Jason Heyward is a lock at right field, & Phillip Ervin will get the start in left field. So the Cubs will need to sign 2 outfielders and my first guess is they will sign Billy Hamilton once again, he is 30 and has a career batting average of .241 & OPS of .621. Yes he has struggled to hit of lately but they will hope he can turn that around, he does bring some defensive help in the outfield & he brings speed/base stealing. He will cost around $1 million which is pretty cheap, and he is always a candidate to be an affordable resigning candidate again. My second guess is they will sign Ben Gamel who is 29, he has a career batting average of .261 & OPS of .720, defensively he is reliable & experienced. He has experience against the division pitchers having played with the Brewers the last two seasons, he can easily help platoon both in center field & left field. He will cost around $1 million to $2 million & is a top candidate to be an affordable resigning candidate.
- Now its time to talk about starting pitching, I feel the Cubs will need to sign 1 more starting pitcher. The way I see it Kyle Hendricks is their ace, Zach Davies is going to be slotted number 2 & Alec Mills is going to be slotted number 3 in the starting rotation, with Shelby Miller being an almost definite to be slotted number 4 in the starting rotation. I do not believe Adbert Alzolay will start the season in the MLB, I see him starting in AAA and coming up mid season to allow him to tweak his stuff up a bit, last thing they need is to rush him. My best guess is the Cubs will sign Trevor Williams who is 29, he has a career ERA of 4.43 & WHIP of 1.337, he has a promising year in 2018 but has had back to back bad seasons. The upside is he is familiar with the division having played for the Pirates, he is a fixer upper who can potential turn things around & he is very cheap well $1 million to sign him, most likely can sign him to a minor league deal where if he makes the opening day roster he gets $700,000 and add in some performance bonuses. HE can easily be slotted in the number 5 spot in the starting rotation, & be a top candidate to be an affordable resigning candidate.
- The bullpen I feel is pretty set for the Cubs, and I definitely feel they will carry 13 pitchers this year so that gives you 8 pitchers in the bullpen. The way I see it they have Craig Kimbrel as the closer, Rowan Wick as the set up man, then middle relivers they have Brad Wieck, Dan Winkler, Kyle Ryan, Jason Adam & Jonathan Holder and as long reliver they have Duane Underwood Jr.
Unfortunately this gives the Cubs a very mediocre roster which will not be competitive at all and most likely see them finish 4th in their division, only better then the Pirates. But lets face it the Ricketts do not wanna spend money & the Cubs are in the rebuild transition. I am a die hard Cubs fan so it hurt me to write all this but its what I feel the Cubs will do this off season, at best I see the Cubs winning 70 games this year.
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